Sadly, a founding member of the SEA (member 001!), our friend, Michael Vester passed away on Sunday, June 18th. Michael was instrumental in starting the group, getting it incorporated as a non-profit, was the very first SEA President, and was the driving force behind our first few years marching and having a booth at the Edmonton Pride Parade. In 2010 he was voted in as the first lifetime member due to this involvement in creating the group and he was always a strong supporter of the group both financially and with his time.
If you were new to the group, when you met Michael you were sure to hear the story of how he was raised an atheist but was taken to Sunday School as a child (the nuns ensured he was thoroughly turned away from religion) and that he was a ”third generation atheist”.
Michael was always calm and kind and thoughtful, and had a wry sense of humour. He was the antithesis of the stereotypical angry-atheist. Our group and our movement is the better for having had him as one of us, but the lesser for having lost him too soon. – Frank (founding member)
The memorial will be held on Friday July 7th, at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre, Kingsway area, in the St. Michael Room for a 4pm start. Please let us know if you plan on attending so we can give the family an estimate of attendees. You can RSVP to the event on facebook if you have that available as an option, otherwise send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can arrange car pools if required.
We will miss Michael tremendously.